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Mid-Atlantic TV Report: May 29, 1982

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
TV Summaries & Reviews
by David Taub
Mid-Atlantic Gateway Contributor

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Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: 5/29/82
(taped 5/126/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
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WWE Network Direct Link to this show: Mid-Atlantic 5/29/82

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Original broadcast: May 29, 1982 (taped 5/26/82 at WPCQ-TV studios in Charlotte)
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Bob Caudle opens the show solo, running down the TV lineup. A lot of big things are happening, and he introduces the new United States Heavyweight champion, Wahoo McDaniel.

—Int. w/Bob Caudle: Wahoo McDaniel
Wahoo says his TV win over Slaughter is no fluke. But, he does say that winning the U.S. title upsets the pending best-of-seven World tag team title series, Wahoo & Muraco vs. Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen. Wahoo says that has caused some dissention in some place, rolling his eyes. In comes Muraco. He says he spent $15,000 to move his family from Hawai’i to the East Coast. He congratulates Wahoo, but thought he was here for the World tag team title. Muraco leaves in a quiet frustration. Caudle notes the dissention. Wahoo agrees, that it’s embarrassing to him that this may come between them. He hopes it works out. For the record, no day or city mentioned for the title change. It was May 21 in Richmond.


Match 1
Wahoo McDaniel & Don Muraco d. Juan Reynoso & Bill White
Bill Alfonso is the referee for the hour. Caudle recaps the problems with Wahoo’s U.S. title win and problems with the tag team tournament final. Wahoo & Muraco seem to be teaming well. Caudle calls Muraco “The Wildman.” Surprisingly, he’s not called “Magnificent” during this Mid-Atlantic run. Muraco with some mat wrestling. We’ll see the Piper-Brisco incident from last week. Slaughter shows up ringside, and interferes with Wahoo’s pin attempt of White. The ref missed it because he was putting Muraco out of the ring. Muraco is in the ring and gets doubled-teamed in the corner, while Wahoo is chasing Slaughter to the back. Muraco breaks free, but no one is in his corner. Caudle is picking up on that fact. Wahoo is back, and Muraco makes an aggressive tag. He walks out on his partner! Wahoo survives the double-team, and pins White after a chop.

— Int. w/Bob Caudle: Wahoo McDaniel
McDaniel gives Muraco the benefit of the doubt. Saying he didn’t see Slaughter interfere with him. He talks about Slaughter a bit. Says he’s a great wrestler, but it will be hard to get it back from him. We now go to a clip of the match (upon a second watching, they never say this is the title switch, just “a recent match.” It is May 23 in Greensboro. In fact, Wahoo notes he is defending the title in this match.). Slaughter has the Cobra Clutch, but men roll to the outside. With the new experimental rules, no countout, no DQ. Wahoo rams Slaughter’s head into the post. Wahoo is blown up narrating the footage. Back in the ring, Slaughter attempts a hip toss, but Wahoo reverses it into a backslide for the win. Slaughter attacks Wahoo afterward. Wahoo apologizes for what happened in the ring at the end.


Match 2
Terry Gibbs d. Ken Timbs
Gibbs, best known as a WWF enhancement talent in the mid-late 80s, looks big here. He wins after a few minutes with the abdominal stretch into a pin combo. Which reminds me, Terry Taylor must no longer be around.

The show has a new graphic going to break, the logo superimposed over a shot of the crowed. Reminds me of The Price is Right.

— Int. w/Bob Caudle: The Privates; Juan Reynoso
This is in lieu of local promos. The Privates can’t believe Wahoo defeated Slaughter. They call it a fluke. Nelson & Kernodle are wearing the Mid-Atlantic tag team title, with no mention who they beat, when nor where. Reynoso drops in a few lines, about Wahoo’s fluke and he’s here in the area.


— Int. w/Bob Caudle: Johnny Weaver
Weaver says he and Jake Roberts were supposed to face The Privates, but that isn’t happening because of an incident. We go to video from Greensboro, Roberts & Jimmy Valiant vs. Ivan Koloff & The Ninja. Back and forth action. The camera is partially blocked by a fan standing up. Roberts gets sprayed in the eye by Ninja, blinding him. Valiant suplexes Ninja for the pin. Koloff clobbers Valiant with a chair post-match. Gene Anderson comes in for the triple-team.
The above clip is the same arena as the Wahoo-Slaughter clip from earlier. The most recent Greensboro show was May 23, so it makes sense that both clips are from then.
Enter Valiant, exit Weaver. The Network edit music drowns out most of Valiant’s interview. But, he’s going to get even.

Match 3
Non-Title Match: Mid-Atlantic tag team champions Pvt. Kernodle & Pvt. Nelson d. Johnny Weaver & Mike Davis
Caudle points this is part of the new NWA experimental rules, where matches can’t end in a time limit draw. Of course, this match started two weeks ago, and one of the participants are MIA. In the middle of the match, David Crockett comes out, and tells Bob to ring the bell. We have to go to a break. The match will pick up on the other side. A pause in the action. Literally.


— Int. w/Bob Caudle: Angelo Mosca; Ivan Koloff & Ninja; Sgt. Slaughter
Instead of going directly back to the match, Caudle chats with Mosca, who rants that he can beat his opponents in minutes, and we don’t need this current match. Koloff & Ninja come in. Koloff rants about getting rid of Jake Roberts. Valiant is next. Koloff sill has the TV title. Slaughter is out saying he is finding out there are no friends in wrestling. The tape is doctored; he had his shoulder up.


Back to the match. At one point, all four men in the ring. As the referee puts out Weaver, Kerndole (the illegal man) comes off the top rope with a clothesline on Davis. Nelson makes the pin. After the match, the Privates do a number on Davis. Weaver is sent out of the ring. Ron Ritchie and a revived Weaver make the save.

— Int. w/Bob Caudle: Roddy Piper
Piper has his green Superman shirt. “When Roddy Piper wants to hurt someone, he does it on TV.” After Piper brags about himself, Caudle calls for the tape from last week. Piper says he’s tired of the Briscos bragging about themselves. Piper knows the counter the figure four. Piper mocks Jack Brisco. He wants a title shot against Brisco for the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight championship.

— Int. w/Bob Caudle: Ron Ritchie; Terry Gibbs
This is in lieu of local promos. A blown-up Ritchie issues warnings to one-time friend Kerndole. Gibbs says he does it on the mat. Mid-Atlantic is the place to be.


Match 4
Ivan Koloff & Ninja d. The Samoans
The Samoans aren’t Afa & Sika. They do have the pink wraps around them. Koloff & Ninja are late getting to the ring. I believe these Samoans are Tapu & Tio, who were wrestling in the Knoxville promotion and Southeast at the time. Koloff pins the skinnier one (Caudle never individually identify them) after a series of backbreakers. Even though the other Samoan seemingly broke up the pin, Alfonso counts three anyway.

— Int. w/Bob Caudle: Jack Brisco and Paul Jones
Brisco holds his Mid-Atlantic title belt, knowing that drives Piper nuts. His brother Jerry’s knee is torn. More taunting from Brisco. Jones says Piper and others have gone too far. People want to see justice done.  

“So long for now!”


No mention of the first four cities of the best-of-seven world tag team tournament final. Read the excellent recap of the tournament elsewhere on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway. At this point, Ole Anderson and Crockett went separate ways. After a nine month build up, it’s like it never happened.


Results for the week, 5/24/82-5/30/82 
(source: Clawmaster’s Archive via Sports and Wrestling blog posted by David Baker)

Mon., 5/24/82 Greenville, SC
NWA Champion Ric Flair d. Wahoo McDaniel
Sgt Slaughter d. Paul Jones
Ole Anderson d. King Parsons
The Samoans: Tio & Tapu d. Carl Fergie & David Patterson
Ben Alexander d. Ken Hall

Tue., 5/25/82 Raleigh, NC
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Wahoo McDaniel

Tue., 5/25/82 Columbia, SC
Keith Larson beat Ben Alexander
David Patterson beat Samoan #2
Carl Fergie beat Samoan #1
Don Muraco beat Sgt. Slaughter
Jack Brisco beat Roddy Piper

Thu., 5/27/82 Sumter, SC
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Wahoo McDaniel
Gene Anderson beat Abe Jacobs
Paul Jones beat Angelo Mosca
Killer Kahn beat Kelly Kiniski
The Samoans beat Steve Sybert & Jim Dalton

Fri., 5/28/82 Charleston, SC — County Hall
Samoan #2 beat Ken Timbs
King Parsons beat Abe Jacobs
Mike Rotundo beat Juan Reynosa
Porkchop Cash beat Jim Dalton
Angelo Mosca & Killer Kahn beat Don Muraco & Paul Jones
Wahoo McDaniel beat Sgt. Slaughter

Fri., 5/28/82 Knoxville, TN — Chilhowee Park Ampitheater (Flair/Mulligan promotion)
Kenny Hall vs. David Patterson
Keith Larsen vs. Carl Fergie
Johnny Weaver & Tim Horner vs. Kevin Sullivan & Bill White
Dusty Rhodes vs. Kabuki
NWA World Heavyweight championship: Ric Flair vs. Harley Race

Fri., 5/28/82 Lovingston, VA — Nelson County HS
Mike Davis vs. Steve Sybert
Ron Ritchie vs. Pvt. Nelson
Kelly Kiniski vs. Pvt. Kernodle
Jake Roberts vs. Ivan Koloff
Jack Brisco vs. Roddy Piper
Jimmy Valiant vs. Ninja

Sat., 5/29/82 Greenville, SC (Special Saturday Card)
Terry Gibbs beat Jim Dalton
Carl Fergie & David Patterson beat the Samoans
King Parsons beat Gene Anderson
Paul Jones beat Sgt Slaughter in a lumberjack match
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff in a cage match

Sun., 5/30/82 Asheville, N.C.
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Jack Brisco
Wahoo McDaniel beat Sgt. Slaughter
Jimmy Valiant beat Ivan Koloff
Kelly Kiniski beat Killer Kahn
Terry Gibbs & Ron Ritchie beat Carl Fergie & David Patterson
Tim Horner beat Bill White

Sun., 5/30/82 Roanoke, VA
NWA World Champion Ric Flair beat Wahoo McDaniel
Sgt. Slaughter beat Don Muraco
Jack Brisco beat Angelo Mosca
Paul Jones & Johnny Weaver beat Pvt. Nelson & Pvt. Kernodle